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The New York Times: Coverage of the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy

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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration’s embrace of targeted
killings using armed drones risks putting the United States on a “slippery
slope” into perpetual war and sets a dangerous precedent for lethal operations
that other countries might adopt in the future, according to a report by a
bipartisan panel that includes several former senior intelligence and military

The group found that more than a decade into the era of
armed drones, the American government has yet to carry out a thorough analysis
of whether the costs of routine secret killing operations outweigh the
benefits. The report urges the administration to conduct such an analysis and
to give a public accounting of both militants and civilians killed in drone

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